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Scotland pollsters 'don't really know' what vote will be

ITV News Political Analyst Professor Colin Rallings has warned that the margin of error in recent opinion polling means the potential true figure could be anywhere between a 1% Yes lead and a 10% No win.

Three polls released last night all had the No vote ahead by 52% to 48% but include a 3% buffer.

"The pollsters themselves are very concerned about the scope for a bit of a pit opening up in front of them here," he said.

"The turnout is likely to be so high [estimates suggest up to 80%] that perhaps a third of people will never have voted before in a recent election."

This, professor Rallings explained, makes it much more difficult to predict voting patterns based on previous loyalties.

News presenter sorry for insulting campaigner on air

A Sky News presenter has apologised for calling a Yes activist "a bit of a knob".

Kay Burley's remarks were broadcast live on the channel when she appeared to not realise she was on air.

After being caught out, the 53-year-old tweeted:

She explained that a Yes campaigner had tried to hit her cameraman with a stick at their broadcast location in Aberdeen.

The incident has been uploaded to YouTube, where the journalist's remarks can be heard at the beginning of the clip.


Apple Watch 'could distract motorists at wheel'

The new Apple Watch Credit: PA Wire

Drivers could put themselves and others at risk by using the Apple Watch while behind the wheel, a road safety charity claims.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists said the watch, which will allow users to make and receive calls and check messages by operating the device on their wrists, could be a major cause of distraction that could impair driving performance.

"Constant alerts will require motorists' regular attention. As opposed to using a legal hands-free piece of equipment, the (Apple) iWatch will require drivers to use two hands to operate the device - impacting speed, lane position and time spent looking at the road," the IAM said.

IAM policy and research director Neil Greig warned that police have the power to seize and interrogate devices in the event of a serious crash.

"The very device that distracted you also has the power to convict you," he said.

Mild night forecast for most

After a grey start for many central and eastern parts, it is brightening up as the cloud retreats.

Staying cloudy in the east, sunny elsewhere.

Very warm in the south with highs of 25 degrees.

Later mist and fog patches could return in eastern areas with thundery downpours possible in the South West.

But overall a mild night for most.

Scotland football legend backs Yes for 'self-esteem'

Former Scotland football star Steve Archibald says a Yes vote in tomorrow's independence referendum would give the country "self-government, self-control and self-esteem".

Steve Archibald seen playing for Spurs against West Brom in 1979. Credit: Empics

Archibald, who played for Aberdeen, Barcelona and Tottenham, called on Scots to "take charge of decisions regarding their own future".

He said: "Westminster is only interested in protecting its own wealth. The people of Scotland must take charge of decisions regarding their own future.

"Self-government, self-control and self-esteem - that is what independence will bring to Scotland. "When Sport for Yes asked for my support, I was delighted to say Yes."

Man arrested after 'trying to swim to see Kim Jong Un'

The man said he wanted to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Credit: REUTERS/KCNA

An American man has been arrested after trying to swim to North Korea to meet Kim Jong Un, the Associated Press reported.

The 29-year-old computer repairman from Texas arrived in South Korea 10 days ago.

He was detained on Tuesday night lying on a bank of the Han River in a restricted military area near the border, a South Korean official said.

The man is said to have told investigators his plan was to meet the North Korean leader.

Americans are occasionally arrested after entering North Korea illegally from China, but a US citizen trying to get in from South Korea is unusual.

Last year, South Korean soldiers shot and killed a man with a South Korean passport who officials said ignored warnings while swimming across the Imjin River toward North Korea.


Brown: Vote No 'for pride and for Scotland's future'

Gordon Brown concluded an emotionally-charged speech at a 'No' rally by telling voters to "have confidence" and "stand up and be counted" at the polls.

On SNP promises about an independent Scotland, he said: "We've had no answers. They do not know what they are doing. They are leading us into a trap."

He pleaded with campaigners: "Have confidence and say to our friends, for reasons of solidarity, sharing, justice, pride in Scotland - the only answer for Scotland's sake and Scotland's future is vote No."

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